I love packing cubes. I think they are one of the best travel accessories ever created. As far as I’m concerned, cubes should be on everyone’s travel checklist. They’re just wonderful.
When Eagle Creek offered to send me items to try out and review, I found packing cubes that also compressed.
Packing cubes that compress, you say? I just had to try them out!
We have a 6-week break before another house sit in Yorkshire. As we’re returning to the same sit, we thought it would be awfully fun to leave our suitcases behind and just do carry-ons. Cheaper and easier. Always a nice combo.
This was the perfect time to give the Pack-It Specter cube a trial since I’m carrying all my stuff in a messenger bag. Yes, a messenger bag for 6 weeks. I know people who pack way more than that for a weekend trip. In fact, I used to be one of them.
Normally, the packing cube I use for my shirts looks like this. I wanted to see how much of a space savings the compression cube would give me.
The original cube takes up quite a bit of room.
Here is the compression cube fully expanded with the same amount of shirts inside (three XL T-shirts).
Notice the height comparisons with the candle holder? Quite a nice compression I’d say. How does it affect my space?
HUGE difference! Interestingly, my original cube is a medium size. The compression one is their half cube.
When I had both the full and half-size cubes in the same compartment, I still had plenty of room in the same section plus the divided area behind them. With the regular cubes, my bag would be almost completely filled to carry 2 T-shirts, medications, toiletries, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of socks, and swim trunks.
Basically, with the compression cubes I doubled my space. Not too shabby!
Another feature I like is that when the cube is compressed, you can still quickly get into your bag and remove something. You don’t have to unzip the entire bag each time you want to get it into it.
Since they aren’t using vacuum creation to effect the compression, you also aren’t out of luck if you get a tear. They are more durable than I expected, too. I ended up catching part of the bag when compressing it for the first time. I wasn’t super gentle getting it unstuck, and it didn’t tear or have a puncture.
If you’ve read my other reviews, you know that I don’t let a discounted (or zero) price tag get in the way of my assessment. I am always asking myself how I would feel if I had paid the full price.
So what’s my opinion when I apply that principle to these cubes?
Well, let’s just say I’ll be buying more. I’m really quite pleased with these and would highly recommend they get added to your travel checklist.
Are you as big a fan of packing cubes as me? What other accessories do you love?